With five 3-D printers, two laser cutters and not a desk in sight, the Innovation Lab at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy seems more like a workspace at a tech company or government facility than a high school classroom.
That’s exactly the point, says Elizabeth Joyner, the school’s new STEM learning and innovation specialist. “We’re encouraging students to tinker and play,” she said. “They’re willing to come in and instead of having a study hall or a free bell to sit with their friends, they’re here trying to solve problems.”
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